Penina Weinberg is an independent Hebrew Bible scholar whose study and teaching focus on the intersection of power, politics and gender in the Hebrew Bible. She has run workshops for Nehirim and Keshet and has been teaching Hebrew Bible for 10 years. She has written in Tikkun and the HBI blog, and is the leader and founder of Ruach HaYam, a group that provides an ongoing space for local queer Jews to worship and study together.
By understanding Caleb and Joshua as leaders who represent the poles of dissent and continuity, we find deeper understanding in this parsha.
Approaching the High Holy Days can be a daunting experience, particularly for Jews who are not in the habit of participating year round in ritual practices. For many people,...